It was a New Years’s Eve wedding to remember for Aisling & Ian. I had been checking the internet and making some phone calls for the previous few days – Athlone, like numerous other parts of the country was under a major flood alert. Luckily, the Shannon didn’t do its worst – and the immediate wedding locations, at least, were flood-free. Not everyone was so lucky, and when we arrived at the hotel, there were a few Civil Defence workers outside – ready for action, if necessary. The Shannon River had burst its banks with a new lake in front of the hotel – but luckily, it didn’t stretch beyond the edge of the car park.

However, apart from this scare – the rest of the day went well. Lots of scattered showers – and not too many sunny spells – but we managed to get through things with no real problems. I started at the bride’s old home in the morning with a quick detour to visit the groom and groomsmen. Then on to St. Mary’s Church – which was decorated with crib and Christmas tree, as well as the usual church candles and flowers. We did have a few dry patches, and managed a few quick photos before moving on. We had planned some photos in Athlone, but skipped these because of the weather.

The Shamrock Lodge Hotel was our final destination for the evening and all problems with the weather were forgotten by then.

Wedding Dress, bouquet and other accessories

Some getting ready photos from the home

Groom & Groomsmen & some wedding items


Wedding party arrive at St. Mary's Church, Athlone


Christmas tree in the background – behind the altar


The lovely little flower girl, Maeve, had a few small hesitations – but managed her job beautifully in the end

Bride arrives with her father

Wedding Ceremony in St. Mary's Church, Athlone


Bride and groom leaving the church after the wedding

“Grow old with me – the best is yet to be”

Bride & Groom portraits at the church

Wedding reception room details int he Shamrock Lodge Hotel

Portraits of the Bride & Groom in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel


Wedding cake & Cake Topper with other wedding details

Bride & Groom had wedding photos of their parents alongside the cake

Wedding rings and other details at the Shamrock Lodge Hotel

Couple portraits at the hotel



Sean Power of Powerpix productions has also posted his Wedding Video for this wedding here